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FDA Approves New Generic Form of Aricept
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Author:  robin [ Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:05 pm ]
Post subject:  FDA Approves New Generic Form of Aricept

Someone in our local support group alerted me to the fact that a new generic form of Aricept (donepezil) is now available -- it's a dissolvable tablet. This form of the medication may be of benefit to those with swallowing difficulty just as the Exelon patch is helpful.

Here's a short announcement about this on ALZinfo.org:

http://www.alzinfo.org/newsarticle/temp ... icleid=388

F.D.A. Approves New Generic Form of Aricept

Wed, January 27, 2010 12:50:00 PM EST

Aricept, the widely prescribed drug for early to middle stages Alzheimer’s disease, is now available in a generic form that dissolves on the tongue, after the Food and Drug Administration approved the generic drug for sale in the United States. Other generic forms of Aricept, known as donepezil, are available, but they must be swallowed. Tablets that disintegrate in the mouth are easier to take for many older people, including those with Alzheimer’s, who may have difficulty swallowing pills. Generic drugs are also cheaper than their brand name counterparts.

“Generics offer greater access to health care for all Americans,” said Gary Buehler, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Generic Drugs. “Health care professionals and consumers can be assured that F.D.A.-approved generic drugs have met the same rigorous standards as the brand-name drug and are the same as the branded in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics and intended use.”

The orally dissolving generic drugs are made by Mutual Pharmaceutical company of Philadelphia. They are available in 5 milligram and 10 milligram strengths.

Currently approved drugs for Alzheimer’s, including Aricept, Razadyne, Exelon and Memantine, may help ease symptoms but do little to stop the downward progression of disease. Researchers are actively investigating potential new drugs and therapies that may help to stop Alzheimer’s at an early stage, before memory loss and other symptoms become severe.

To learn more, visit www.ALZinfo.org, The Alzheimer’s Information Site.

By www.ALZinfo.org, The Alzheimer's Information Site. Reviewed by William J. Netzer, Ph.D., Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation at The Rockefeller University.

Source: Food and Drug Administration, www.fda.gov

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